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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

Q&As

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Q&A: Jessica Lea Patty

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Jessica's Episodes: Season 3 Rehearsal Reports- Bandstand

Where are you from? Jupiter, Florida

Broadway credits: The Boy From Oz, A Chorus Line (2006 Revival), 9 to 5, The Addams Family, The People in the Picture, Evita (2012 Revival), Bandstand

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? My dad was in town, so he actually came to the audition with me. Since it was for a replacement, the decision was being made very quickly. I didn’t have an agent at the time, so Dave Clemmons, casting director for Oz, called me personally about 2 hours after the audition when my dad and I were walking into the Empire State Building. We didn't end up going to the top. :-)

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? There are so many! It would have to be between Broadway Barks & Gypsy of the Year.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The commitment of everyone involved, across every department, to make a show happen 8 times a week.  Onstage cast, offstage cast, stage management, backstage crew, front of house crew, sound crew. It takes a village for Broadway to happen on the daily, it takes an incredibly committed village that collaborates together. Everyone loves what they do so much that they will push through sickness, injury, taking vacations, not attending life events like weddings and graduations because of their commitment to the industry & their craft. That can’t be said about many professions. “The show must go on” is not just a silly adage. It is a badge of honor that most in the industry wear proudly.  

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The current political climate of this country has really affected & inspired me. I’ve realized just how little I was using my voice to support & stand up for what I believe in. Recent events have inspired me to become an activist & advocate for humanity. We must uphold our integrity as a community & a country, so I’ve been inspired to do just that. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… torn between Barack Obama or Betty White.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Jack Hanna. :-) I LOVE ALL ANIMALS.

To be successful in this business, it takes… not caring what others think of you, being fearless, LOTS of hard work & absolutely loving what you do. The first two are always a work in progress.

Tell us a secret. I crave chips, french fries & pasta. I guess that’s not really a secret. But if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. ;-P